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World Cancer Leaders’ Summit 2013 Report

World Cancer Leaders’ Summit 2013 Report

Summary reportUnited Nations (UN) officials, Ministries of Health and leading international decision makers have come together for the first time in Africa to discuss the growing global cancer burden at the 2013 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (WCLS) which took place in November 2013 in Cape Town.

Organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and hosted by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), the event was an important forum to secure a coordinated, multilevel global response to address the spiralling cancer epidemic in low- and middle-income countries and to ensure that cancer control is fully recognised in the world health and development agendas.

Participation was an important show of commitment which contributed to a thought-provoking and productive discussion on priority actions needed to ensure that cancer control is adequately addressed at the global and national levels. The feedback UICC received on the Summit thus far has been overwhelmingly positive and we were encouraged by the range of new collaborations and concrete ideas for closing the cancer divide that were proposed during the Big Debate Sessions.

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